Bree Wasylenko is the Canadian actress and dancer who played Shava in the Star Trek: Discovery first-season finale, “Will You Take My Hand?” Born in Okotoks, Alberta, and currently based in Toronto, Wasylenko competed on the third season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, has served as a choreographer on several projects, including the TV movie Frenemies and the feature Make Your Move, and has acted in such shows and films as Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, The Next Step and Kin.
Morgan Kohan, who describes herself on Twitter as “Just another Toronto actor livin' the life,” got green as the Orion Weapons Trader in the Star Trek: Discovery episode, “Will You Take My Hand?” Her previous television credits include episodes of Contingency, Dead Weight, Murdoch Mysteries and Kim’s Convenience.
Alan van Sprang is the Canadian actor plays Leland, a Section 31 agent, in season two of Star Trek: Discovery. Van Sprang actually first portrayed Leland in a scene deleted from the first season finale, “Will You Take My Hand?”
Van Sprang’s many film and television credits date back to the mid-1990s. Among his best known projects are Conundrum, Viper, La Femme Nikita, Earth: Final Conflict, Soul Food, Evel Knievel, Saw III, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead, The Tudors, Saving Hope, Reign and Shadowhunters.
Matthew Binkley is the Canadian actor and model who portrayed the Orion character, Shavo, in the first-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, “Will You Take My Hand?” Born in Toronto, Binkley counts among his credits the film Freedom, an episode of The Strain, and a role in the stage production, A Ticket on The 4.
Crystal Leger is the Canadian actress credited as Klingon Player #2 in “Will You Take My Hand?”, the final episode of Star Trek: Discovery’s freshman season. Her other credits include the short film Arranged and the horror feature Henry’s Cabin. Leger also served as a stunt performer in the Discovery episode, “Into the Forest I Go.”
Melanie Nicholls-King is the Canadian actress who portrayed Admiral Drake in the Star Trek: Discovery episode "The War Without, The War Within." Best known for her stint as Cheryl on The Wire, Nicholls-King counts among her many other television and film credits Forever Knight, Guilty as Sin, The Famous Jett Jackson, Goosebumps, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Rookie Blue, St. Vincent, Orphan Black and Falling Water.
Back on the U.S.S. Discovery, Michael Burnham and the crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence. In order to move forward, Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons.
David Solomon directed the Star Trek: Discovery episode "The War Without, The War Within." A veteran television director and producer, Solomon's previous directing credits include Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Las Vegas, Dollhouse, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Blue Bloods, Grimm, Zoo, Falling Skies (with Doug Jones), Midnight, Texas, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. His work as a producer encompasses many of the shows above, as well as several Perry Mason made-for-television movies and the series Nikita. And, earlier in his career, Solomon served as an editor on Bay City Blues, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues, among other shows.
Hanelle M. Culpepper directed “Vaulting Ambition,” episode 12 of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season. A native of Alabama, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics and French from Lake Forest College in suburban Chicago. For graduate studies, she earned a Master’s degree at USC’s Annenberg School and, while at USC, worked behind the scenes on multiple student film projects in positions ranging from production assistant to producer. In addition to Discovery, Culpepper’s credits as a director include such series, features and telemovies as Deadly Sibling Rivalry, 90210, Criminal Minds, Revenge, Grimm, Castle, Mistresses, The Originals, The Flash and Gotham.
Toronto-based actress Raven Dauda played Dr. Pollard in “Vaulting Ambition,” a first-season episode of Star Trek: Discovery. On her Twitter page, Dauda describes herself as a “Spiritual alien masking as a human being who's learning how to love, act, write, design, teach and listen... in order to take over the world! Muah haa haa!” A veteran of film, television, stage and voiceover work, her credits span from Murder at 1600, Soul Food, Resident Evil: Outbreak and Nikita to Heroes Reborn, Mary Kills People, Designated Survivor, Salvation and Falling Water.
Burnham heads to the I.S.S. Charon with a special "gift" for the Emperor. With the help of an unexpected source, Stamets gains clarity while trapped inside the mycelial network. And Saru asks for L’Rell’s help.
Marie Ward is the Canadian actress who played the Junior Guard in the first-season Star Trek: Discovery episode, “Vaulting Ambition.” Ward’s many other film and television credits include Due South, Threshold, Mutant X, Honey, Suits, Lost Girl, Ransom and Zombies.